Posted by MM on 18:37:25 1/3/2011 from 18.104.22.168:
After hearing faint noise and the patter of little feet in the attic in one corner of the house(almost always in the morning and not more than for 15 seconds a couple of times a day)for over a month,I finally called an exterminator. He came four days ago. He suggested he diagnose the problem before continuing. He placed a large slab of peanut butter on thin cardboard (sticky side of cardboard stuck to the floor). He said if the peanut butter was gone in a few days, it would indicate quirrels -otherwise, if the peanut butter surface just had "scratches" it was mice.
I checked today (4 days later) and the slab was undisturbed. When I told the exterminator by phone, he suggested we wait a few more days before his follow up visit to find out if the slab was still there.
The peanut butter slab is situated about 10 yards away from where I hear the noise. We don't have a floor in the attic, but my guess is the nesting area is comfortably blocked by some rolled up unused insulation.
My questions are: is the slab the right "diagnostic" procedure? If so, should the peanut butter be situated much closer to the suspected nesting area where I hear the noise? Should I just wait a few more days?
Thanks for your kind assistance.
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